The culmination of the holiday season is nearly upon us! Take a break from wrapping presents and decorating and head out to one of these events.


Local alternative rockers Stun Gun Jones play Bullwacker's on Cannery Row. 8 pm, no cover.

Mike Beck and the Bohemian Saints are one of the best bands on the Central Coast, sounding like what would have happened if Tom Petty had played with the Grateful Dead. They're playing Jose's on Wave Street in Monterey tonight. 9 pm, $10.


Bullwacker's on Cannery Row brings in the smooth jazz stylings of Lucidology. 8:30 pm, no cover.

The Shillelahs play Fernwood Resort in Big Sur tonight. 9 pm, no cover.


The Velo Club of Monterey hosts the Critical Christmas bike ride, a fun ride down the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. Meet at 5 pm at Custom House Plaza with your bike of choice and lots of lights, batteries, bells, duct tape, ornaments, streamers, and other holiday items to decorate your bike with. Once all bikes are completely decorated, riders will head down the Rec Trail. 5 pm, free.

The landlubbers have had their fun with brightly lit parades all month - now it's the sailors' turn! Brightly lit boats will sail from Coast Guard Pier in Monterey to Lovers Point in Pacific Grove tonight. The ships are competing to win prizes, so skippers go all-out trying to top each other with their decorations. Grab a mug of cocoa and stake out a spot on the coastline to watch. Pick your spot right and you can watch the Critical Christmas cyclists going by. Begins at 5:30 pm, free to watch.